City of Jasmine

City of Jasmine

Book - 2014
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"Famed aviatrix Evangeline Starke never expected to see her husband, adventurer Gabriel Starke, ever again. They had been a golden couple, enjoying a whirlwind courtship amid the backdrop of a glittering social set in prewar London until his sudden death with the sinking of the Lusitania. Five years later, beginning to embrace life again, Evie embarks upon a flight around the world, collecting fame and admirers along the way. In the midst of her triumphant tour, she is shocked to receive a mysterious--and recent--photograph of Gabriel, which brings her ambitious stunt to a screeching halt. With her eccentric aunt Dove in tow, Evie tracks the source of the photo to the ancient City of Jasmine, Damascus. There she discovers that nothing is as it seems. Danger lurks at every turn, and at stake is a priceless relic, an artifact once lost to time and so valuable that criminals will stop at nothing to acquire it--even murder. Leaving the jewelled city behind, Evie sets off across the punishing sands of the desert to unearth the truth of Gabriel's disappearance and retrieve a relic straight from the pages of history. Along the way, Evie must come to terms with the deception that parted her from Gabriel and the passion that will change her destiny forever" --
Publisher: Don Mills, Ont. Harlequin Mira, [2014]
ISBN: 9780778316213
Branch Call Number: RAYBOURN D
Characteristics: 354 pages ; 21 cm


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Jul 01, 2016

A book to be savored, as fine wine, the prose perfectly picturing the exotic scenes and giving depth to the intriguing characters. A combination love story and adventure tale.

Mar 07, 2016

Light and enjoyable read.

ChristchurchLib Apr 21, 2014

"Embarking on a world tour in the 1920s, famed aviatrix Evangeline Starke cuts her ambitious stunt short when she, receiving a recent photograph of her late husband Gabriel, tracks the photo to the ancient City of Jasmine, Damascus where danger, passion and the truth await." Fiction A to Z April 2014 newsletter

Apr 06, 2014

The book is a delight. Deanna Raybourn at her best.Quirky. Wry.Improbable. Believable.(She even managed to get the publishers to use the correct term, whisky, without the 'e' to refer to scotch, an achievement in itself.)I love the way she has interwoven the thread of J M Barrie's Peter Pan story into Evie and Gabriel's story. They see a parallel in their own lives with those of Peter, the Lost Boys and Wendy.It adds to the magic juxtaposed with reality. I hope the next book won't be too far away.


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Jul 01, 2016

"The desert itself began to sing then, a long, low sound so mournful it made my heart rise in my throat. It creaked and sighed like the sea, empty but not silent, and as we walked, it seemed that the desert itself watched us."

Jul 01, 2016

"I spent most of the journey reading up on the political situation in the region - as pretty and fickle as a spring thunderstorm - and the rest of the time staring out the window at the passing Balkans. It was hard to imagine that this peaceful, beautiful countryside had been the start of such a bloodbath, I mused as I watched hill town and pasture roll past. There were stunning mountain gorges and pastoral and village scenes like something the Brothers Grimm might have conjured out of a storybook."


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